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For those who have come here because they thought this thread would be about whether to buy the Thermalright Silver Arrow or the Noctua NH-D14, you are partially correct.

I'm looking for a great heatsink to use for my first build (haha. Been here for some time now and I still don't have my own rig. I'm sure I'm missing out on quite bit of fun) and I'm trying to choose between the Silver Arrow, NH-D14, Venemous X, and Venomous X Black. I will do some gaming (some casual gaming along with Dirt 3) and will fold. I doubt I will have enough money for water cooling for my first build so I'm going to have to go on air. I'm not in favor of coolers like the H70 since I prefer either all air or all custom wc. I prefer sticking to my current selection but recommendations will be fine. No price limit ATM.

I will be using 2 NoiseBlocker Multiframe M12-P (1000-2000rpm) with these (unless it require 140mm< or a fan less than 25mm thick. If that happens, I will stick with stock. I heard the Silver Arrow stock fans are great). Thanks!

-Hybrid-


After reading other reviews on the Archon, I've decided not to get it as it has average performance for a high end price. I'm looking for a heatsink again. I'm trying to choose between the other 3. I'm planning on getting some Mushkin Blacklines or Redlines with the ridgeback heatsink. Will I have any problem with the fans or heatsink touching the RAM? Thanks.
Edited by HybridCore - 8/6/11 at 3:49am
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post #2 of 43
Go for the D-14 or Silver Arrow, whichever has a better deal at the time or is more aesthetically pleasing to you.
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I heard they perform almost the same with stock fans with one 1 degree Celsius or less ahead of the other. I have to say the Noctua looks better to me but the Silver Arrow is smaller (I think).
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For what it's worth I'm in the same position, and I have chosen the Silver Arrow. My research says it's slightly better and more quiet. But they're both great coolers.
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Originally Posted by Madmanden View Post
For what it's worth I'm in the same position, and I have chosen the Silver Arrow. My research says it's slightly better and more quiet. But they're both great coolers.
What do you mean by "it's more quiet"? Is it because the air hitting the fins makes a sound or is it just the stock fans with the heatsink?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by VanillaCena View Post
Go for the D-14 or Silver Arrow, whichever has a better deal at the time or is more aesthetically pleasing to you.
I agree with this.

I can't speak for the D14, but if you get the Silver Arrow it's not worth changing out the fans imo.
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post #7 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
What do you mean by "it's more quiet"? Is it because the air hitting the fins makes a sound or is it just the stock fans with the heatsink?
The SA fans are not as loud as the Noctua I believe.
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post #8 of 43
They're pretty much neck on neck imo, with the Silver Arrow just slightly pulling ahead. Either way, they're both the air heavyweight champions and you can't really go wrong choosing one or the other.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo...w_5.html#sect0

IMO, I'd go for the silver arrow since it's newer than the Noctua and I like to have components that aren't too far back in time, even if they are amazing performers
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post #9 of 43
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Silver arrow wins. Thanks guys.

Edit: I will try some Multiframes on that and see if there's performance differences compared to the stock fans. Will make a thread for that. 2 multiframes for $50 won't hurt would it?
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post #10 of 43
I got the NH-D14 because my local computer store had it for a good price. I would rather get the Silver Arrow because it has PWM fans.
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